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How to Minimize a Natural Disaster in the Workplace

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

A business owner sitting on a desk in a destroyed office space pondering what to do next SERVPRO of St. Louis Central can help get this mess back to "like it never even happened."

Mother nature is unpredictable. From tornadoes to flooding and hail damage, disasters can seriously impact your business. Not only can they damage the property and equipment, but they can prevent employees from getting to work. Make sure to invest in business insurance and take precautions to lower your risk of natural disaster damage. Check out these tips to reduce your risk of disaster damage and to help your business stay afloat during an emergency situation

  • Backup your company files and store them in a safe, off-site location. Losing your files would be detrimental to your business. Many companies offer off site server options to store confidential information securely.
  • Anchor down large heavy equipment and cabinets. In the event of a disaster, they could topple over causing injury to those nearby.
  • Use fire-resistant building materials. Whether you’re replacing the roof or changing out the property’s landscape, be sure to make them as fire-resistant as possible.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on every floor where it can be easily accessed during an emergency. In the event of a fire, they can stop it from becoming more dangerous.
  • Reinforce doors and windows to protect against strong forces. From wind to hail, windows and doors need to withstand the impact.
  • Have an emergency kit on hand. Complete with a first aid, non-perishable food, water, and flashlight. An emergency preparedness kit can make a huge difference in keeping the office staff safe.
  • Implement an emergency plan and make sure employees know how to respond in the event of an emergency. That way you’ll keep everyone safe.

 As always, if you or any business you know is affected by storm damage, call your local experts at SERVPRO of St. Louis Central for help!

314-260-7177

What is Ozone?

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

Our ozone generator in a smoky room SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is your local fire damage expert

If you have ever had a fire on your property and had SERVPRO come out to restore, you will know what an ozone generator is. For those who have not, an ozone generator is a machine that charges the air around it creating O3 out of the O2 molecules we breathe.

What We Use Ozone For

The primary function that we use an ozone generator for is the eliminate odors, especially odors caused by fires. We can use this technique of odor removal in many different cases such as, clothing, furniture, and entire rooms no matter the size. While the odor removal works great, there is a downside to using ozone in excess.

Precautions to Ozone

As stated earlier, ozone is different from the air we breathe. This reaction makes O3 poisonous if it is ingested in excess. This is why we close off the area that is being deodorized during the process. You can trust that we take every precaution necessary to keep our customers and employees safe.

If you experience a fire loss, give SERVPRO of St. Louis Central today!

314-260-7177

How to Prepare for a Storm

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

Rain falling on an umbrella with our logo in the corner SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is your local storm cleanup and mitigation company

Storm season is in full swing here in Missouri. As we all know, they can be very destructive to both your property and your own well-being. Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself when a storm hits.

Create a Storm Safety Plan

The first step takes place even before the storm happens. Creating a storm safety plan includes information about where you and your family will meet if separated in a storm. It sets up a plan that everyone will follow if there is a necessary evacuation of the property. The reason you create a plan is so that everyone in the home is informed and on the same page.

Create an Emergency Kit

An emergency kit can help you get out on short notice or survive if utilities are taken out by the storm. The bag should be a backpack or a smaller overnight sized bag. Everyone in the home should know where the bag is and what is inside.

Things to include in your kit:

  • Battery powered flashlight
  • Portable batter powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • List of emergency phone numbers
  • Prescriptions and essential medicines
  • First aid kit
  • Nonperishable emergency food
  • Bottled water
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Disposable camera
  • Credit cards and cash
  • Change of clothing
  • Sturdy shoes or boots
  • Important papers, identification and bank information

As always, if you experience damage to your property due to a storm, give SERVPRO of St. Louis Central a call at:

314-260-7177

How Containment Prevents Further Contamination

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

A plastic containment barrier up in a loss Containment helps prevent the spread of mold

If a part of your home or business is contaminated with mold, our professionals may decide to section off your property in an effort to contain the spread of mold throughout the rest of the property. The containment efforts are used for several reasons including:

1. Containment Isolates the Contaminated Area from the Rest of the Property

Once all the contaminated areas are identified, plastic is hung in doorways and on walls. This creates a barrier between the contaminated area and the “clean” area. The plastic does not let air in or out which leads to the next reason.

2. Containment Prevents Spreading Airborne Spores

One of the ways mold can spread is through the air. Think of how flowers grow and fertilize using pollen. Mold is similar in the way that, when disturbed, mold can release small spores that fly through the air and land in a new place to spread.

3. Containment Mitigates Carrier Spreading

Other than airborne spores, mold can also spread by getting stuck in clothes and/or skin which can carry them to a new location. This is why, in severe situations, we will fully suit up when removing mold. 

SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is your local expert in mold remediation, fire and water damage services. You can trust us to handle your property professionally and with care, no matter the size. Call today to make your loss “Like it never even happened.”

314-260-7177

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Storm Damage?

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

A fallen tree on top of a house Call SERVPRO of St. Louis Central today for help with your storm damage

It is storm season in Illinois which means your home could be at risk of damage. Do you know what your insurance policy does and does not cover?

Most homeowners insurance policies cover these types of damages:

  • Water and ice damage
  • Lightning strikes and power surges
  • Wind, hail and fallen trees

Water and Ice Damage

Most homeowners' insurance policies help cover water damage if it is “sudden or accidental,” meaning a burst pipe or a failed fitting with a washing machine. The ice aspect comes into play with extreme cold weather damaging your roof causing leaks.

Lightning Strikes and Power Outages

Lighting coverage comes into play if your home is directly struck by lightning. A direct strike can cause fire damage, smoke damage or power surges. Power surges caused directly by a lightning strike, in most cases, will cover damaged electronics and appliances.

Wind Hail and Fallen Trees

Storms tend to have very high wind and hail which can be damaging to the exterior materials of your home. Under a normal homeowners policy, these types of exterior damages along with interior water damages are typically covered. Most policies also cover damage caused by a tree that is knocked over by the high wind.

If you are unsure of what is covered by your insurance, now would be a great time to call your agent and check your policy. It is better to know what is covered before something happens so that you can be prepared.

And as always, if you experience a loss related to storm damage:

CALL SERVPRO OF ST. LOUIS CENTRAL TODAY: 314-260-7177

Wait! Don't Touch That Fan!

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

A home owner reaching for a fan Before touching set equipment, give us a call. We set our equipment with a purpose

Let’s set the scene:

SERVPRO of St. Louis Central has come to your home after a water damage occurred. Contents have been removed and it is time to start the drying process with to get it back to “Like it never even happened.” 

The first thing that will happen is if there is an excess amount of water in the carpet, the technicians will extract that water. After extraction, the flooring will still be damp. This is where we will place our air movers or “fans.”

Did you know that we place the air movers in a specific way that speeds the drying process? The placement of our fans creates the ideal airflow that circulates in dry air from the humidifiers, which evaporates the moisture in the flooring. To the untrained eye, it may not seem that way, but we have a purpose for doing the things the way we do. If you have any questions regarding the process, it is best to direct those questions to the trusted SERVPRO of St. Louis Central’s team.

If a piece of our equipment stops working while we are not on site, we will need to know as soon as possible so that we can replace the faulty equipment. In this case, also give the lead on your loss from SERVPRO of St. Louis Central a call.

Nurse Appreciation Week 2020

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

Our marketing team delivering lunch to local ER's Our marketing team delivered lunch to local St. Louis ER's during Nurse Appreciation Week, 2020

The world is a crazy place at the moment and supporting those that keep the country going is of upmost importance. It was only fitting that this year; nurse appreciation week fell right in the middle of a global pandemic.

To show our appreciation and support for our fellow essential workers we decided to bring them lunch from a local Chick-fil-a of Hampton & Chippewa. We split up our marketing team to divide and conquer our franchise territory. Doing this allowed for us to make it to eight different ER’s all across St. Louis.

Those ER’s were:

  • SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital
  • SSM DePaul
  • BJC
  • BJC Children’s
  • Christian Hospital
  • Cardinal Glennon Children’s
  • St. Louis VA Health Care System
  • Alexius Hospital

In this time, real business strategy goes out the window. People do not want to hear a sales pitch or hear about the services provided. What people care about right now is the hospitality and compassion. This is why we show our support for those who need it most. Thank you to all healthcare providers and know that you are in our thoughts!

We Can Handle Any Size Commercial Loss

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

Our semi trailer in front of a commercial loss SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is your local expert in large loss restoration!

Those who have heard of SERVPRO, know that we can help with any size residential disaster. We pride ourselves on our ability as a company to provide the best services possible. 

Fun fact: SERVPRO of St. Louis Central can also handle large commercial buildings such as warehouses, retail stores, and schools. Let’s begin by discussing what is considered commercial loss.  The main component is size. The average residential home is 2,392 square feet and commercial losses are typically much larger. For instance, a warehouse can be in the hundreds of thousands of square feet. To help better understand the differences in commercial losses, SERVPRO breaks them down into three levels; 

LEVEL 1

Level 1 is a relatively small loss involving 15,000 square feet or less. Most level one cases are small retail locations, small churches, daycare facilities, or stand-alone offices.

LEVEL 2

Level 2 is a mid-sized loss ranging from 15,000 to 60,000 square feet. The types of buildings that fall under level 2 are mid-sized churches and schools, small shopping centers, mid-size manufacturing facilities, and multi-family properties.

LEVEL 3

Level 3 is a large loss involving 60,000 square feet and up. Examples of a level 3 loss are large churches, hospitals, schools and universities, large warehouses, and large manufacturing facilities. 

It takes a special kind of restoration company to handle a loss of level 2 or higher. Luckily for you, SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is a Disaster Recovery Team. This means we have the training, personnel, and equipment to handle any level of loss.

At the snap of a finger, we can dispatch our semi-trailers and personnel to the job site to start the mitigation process. We have multiple equipment trailers that always stay stocked and ready to deploy, as well as a mobile office command center that we park at the job site. Over the years,

SERVPRO of St. Louis Central has worked on and completed numerous large commercial losses. You can trust that we are the local experts to help with your commercial loss. 

CALL TODAY: 314-260-7177

Electrical Fires

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

An electrical outlet on fire SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is Here To Help if you have an electrical fire in your home or business

All over the U.S., electrical fires are one of the most common causes of house fires. Electrical fires are not exclusive to old buildings, and they are also not exclusive to home appliances. In fact, 50% of electrical fires start with electrical distribution and lighting equipment. This is due to a compromised wire insulation, an overloaded conduit, or the equipment becoming hot and being close to combustible material.

How To Protect Yourself From Electrical Fires

  • Have your home or business thoroughly inspected by a qualified electrician to ensure that electrical work is up to code.
  • Install smoke detectors on every level of your home or business
  • Test smoke detectors every month
  • Establish an emergency escape plan
  • Do not overload electrical outlets
  • Use light bulbs that meet the recommended power of light fixture
  • Inspect your appliances, extension cords, and plug-ins often to make sure they have not become compromised
  • Look and listen for telltale signs of problems; sizzling or buzzing, flickering lights, and frequently tripped breakers

Following these tips can help prevent and make sure you are as ready as possible for a fire disaster, but no one is really ready for a home disaster. In those times of need, SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is Here To Help. We offer board-ups, free estimates, and reconstruction services. That means that when you call SERVPRO of St. Louis Central, we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Call Today: 314-260-7177

Managing a Storm Damage

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

A home damaged by a storm with a sign that says "Storm Damage" SERVPRO of St. Louis Central can handle any size disaster caused by a storm!

Many things come along with a violent storm. We live in an area of the world where extreme weather happens every year. We have tornadoes, heavy rain, lightning, hail, etc. All of the acts of nature are powerful and can cause a lot of damage to our homes and businesses. Luckily, you have SERVPRO of St. Louis Central to help you make your storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

Let’s say that the windows at your property have been broken due to high winds or hail, we can handle that. What if your roof is partially or fully blown off by a storm? We are also capable of replacing your entire roof. SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is dedicated to making sure that the transition from preloss to post-mitigation is as seamless and easy as possible for the property owner.

Most storm damages are more than one kind of damage all in one. Thinking back to the roof example in the last paragraph, there is at minimum reconstruction to be done, but there will also be water damage from the rain involved in the storm. You can rely on SERVPRO of St. Louis Central’s highly trained professionals to make sure that all aspects of the damage are recognized and documented properly.

What We Offer:

  • Reconstruction Services
  • Water Mitigation
  • Fire Restoration
  • Cleanup Services
  • Document Drying
  • Move Outs and Contents Restoration
  • Mold Removal and Mitigation

As soon as the damage occurs, it is important to get the opinion of a professional before moving forward. That way, secondary damage does not occur, and the proper procedures can be followed. For that professional opinion, you can trust SERVPRO of St. Louis Central!

Call Today: 314-260-7177